Things to See and Do in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Friday July 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 2 Comments

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The first place I take a visitor is to Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Lake.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to Coeur d’Alene Lake.

When I crave local cuisine, along with great beer, I turn to Moontime Restaurant.

To escape work I can go for a sunset kayak ride on the lake.

If you come to Coeur d’Alene, get your picture taken on a boat. If you are a golfer, get your picture taken on the floating tee on Lake Coeur d’Alene.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at 315 Martini’s and Tapas Restaurant, get the herbal martini.

When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go to Dockside at Coeur d’Alene Resort and order an ice cream sundae from Gooey’s Dessert Bar. Hudson’s Burgers, 207 East Sherman Avenue, has great old time road food.

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Cheap splurge with a view – Gooey’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae at Dockside Restaurant, Coeur d’Alene Resort

For a huge splurge, I go to Beverly’s Restaurant at Coeur d’Alene Resort.

Photo ops in Coeur d’Alene include a picture with Mudgy the Moose or Millie.

The best vantage points are had by taking the downtown walking tour. Local artist Terry Lee brings author Susan Nipps’ Mudgy the Moose character to life in a full size bronze statue.

The most random thing about Coeur d”Alene is the Floating Green on Coeur d”Alene Lake.

In Coeur d’Alene, an active day outdoors involves sailing, walking or hiking.

My favorite walking route is Tubbs Hill,a beautiful trail along Coeur d’Alene Lake.

Bardenay Restaurant is the spot for distilled spirits made on site and live musical entertainment.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Coeur d’Alene Press.

In the summer you should check out the Coeur d’Alene Ironman.

In the fall you should watch the leaves change colors.

In the winter you should go skiing at Silver Mountain Resort - ride the world’s longest gondola.

Take a walk in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho and get your picture taken with Mudgy the Moose

Just outside of Coeur d’Alene you can visit Red Horse Mountain Ranch in Harrison, Idaho. This is an all inclusive dude ranch with horseback riding.

The best way to see Coeur d’Alene  is to walk.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Silverwood Theme Park. They have awesome roller coasters and a water park. Save time for a Pirate lake cruise.

What are your favorite things to do in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho?

Thanks to Lisa Gerber and the Coeur d’Alene Visitor’s Bureau for assistance with this post.

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An active day in Coeur d’Alene means sailing on Lake Coeur d’Alene

Article and photos by Nancy D. Brown

Crosswater Golf Course, Sunriver, Oregon

Friday July 23, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 1 Comment

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Crosswater Golf Course with Mt. Bachelor in the background, Sunriver, Oregon

 

Crosswater Golf Course at Sunriver Resort

Who said “golf is a good walk spoiled?” Mark Twain said it, and he obviously hadn’t played Crosswater Golf Course in Central Oregon.

On the breathtaking Crosswater golf course, every hole is as scenic as the last. The views of the Robert E. Cupp designed course you see on television, while watching the Champions Tour, don’t do justice to this 18 hole course.

Crosswater Golf Course, Central Oregon, Sunriver Resort

Crosswater crosses the Little Deschutes River Seven Times

 

Central Oregon beauty at Crosswater Golf Course

Every golfer passing through Central Oregon needs to stop to play Crosswater. However, it is a privately owned and operated golf course. You are in luck if you are a member, guest of a member, or a guest of Sunriver Resort.

With Mt Bachelor backdrops and the spectacular Deschutes River winding its way throughout the course,  every hole can be showcased on a postcard. As Crosswater Golf Course is a traditional exclusively bent grass heathland style, golfers will appreciate the 7,683-yard course with its pure wetlands, luscious plants and native wildlife.

In fact, Crosswater Golf Course was designated as a certified Audubon Sanctuary through the Audubon Society of New York State in 1999, one of only 150 golf courses in the U.S. with this distinction.

 

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Playing like a Pro

Every player will feel like a pro with up to date maps of pin locations, and yardage guides acting as your own personal caddie. Regardless of score, you will have a great time playing with the wonderful views and people of Crosswater in Central Oregon.

What are your favorite things to do in Sunriver, Oregon?

If You Go:

Crosswater Golf Club 1 (541) 593-6196

P.O. Box 4818

Sunriver, Oregon 97707

This review of Crosswater Golf Course is a guest post by Evan D. Brown. Evan is a high school student and avid golfer. Evan was a guest of Sunriver Resort.

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Things to See and Do in Sunriver, Oregon

Friday July 16, 2010 at 12:12 AM | 7 Comments

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Take in a sunset at Sunriver, Oregon

Are you headed to Sunriver, Oregon? Sunriver Resort is where our son learned to walk. This family-friendly resort holds a special place in our heart. In fact, when I recommend other places to vacation, the family insists on returning to Sunriver. There are so many things to see and do in Sunriver, Oregon that you’ll want to come back for a second, or third visit.

The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the top of Lava Butte.

If you are traveling with kids, or you simply like home made ice cream, you’ll want to visit Goody’s at the Sunriver Resort Village Mall.

Once you’ve had your sugar fix, head out to the Deschutes National Forest on a mountain bike or take a horseback ride.

For complete quiet, take a float on a canoe or kayak down the Deschutes River or Cascade Lakes.

If you come to Sunriver, get your picture taken next to Benham Falls. This is a flat, fairly easy bike ride with kids.

If you have to order one thing off the menu at the Grille at Crosswater, get the salmon.

Sunriver is my one stop shop for outdoor recreation.

Take a downhill mountain bike ride to Paulina Plunge outside of Sunriver, Oregon

Take a downhill mountain bike ride to Paulina Plunge outside of Sunriver, Oregon

Not a lot of money to spend on restaurant dining, head to the farmers’ market in Bend.

For a huge splurge, I go to the Grille at Crosswater.

Photo ops in Sunriver could be on a horse next to the Deschutes River, in a Glider soaring over the Cascade Mountains, or on the 12thhole at Crosswater.

The best vantage points are taken by walking to the top of Lava Butte or on horseback at Ramsey Ridge.

The most random thing about Sunriver Resort is the Wings and Wheels Antique Car and Airplane Festival.

In Sunriver, an active day outdoors involves biking, horseback riding, kayaking, rafting, paddle-boarding, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, caving. The recreational opportunities are wide open.

My favorite walking route is the Benham Falls trail.

Sunriver’s best museum is the High Desert Museum.

For a night of dancing, go to your back porch and dance under the stars. Otherwise, you’ll have to head into Bend for live music with nightlife.

To find out what’s going on a night or on weekends, read the Sunriver Scene.

Nancy D. Brown, horseback riding, Ramsey Ridge, Sunriver, Oregon

The best Sunriver views are reached on horseback from Ramsey Ridge

You can tell a lot about Central Oregon from visiting Sisters and watching the Sisters rodeo.

In the spring you should go skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Bachelor. Usually Bachelor has the best late season snow in the country.

In the summer you should take a white water rafting trip on the Deschutes.

In the fall you should hike the Deschutes river trail when the aspens are on fire.

In the winter you should go to Mt. Bachelor for dog sledding rides.

A hidden gem in Central Oregon is Fall River.

For a great breakfast treat or espresso, go to the Bellatzza.

Just outside of Sunriver Resort you can visit Sparks lake and have a picnic.

The best way to see Sunriver is to ride bikes.

If you have kids, you won’t want to miss Ft. Funnigan.

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Go standup paddle boarding or kayaking on Sunriver’s Deschutes River

What are your favorite things to do in Sunriver, Oregon?

Thanks to Sunriver Resort for assistance with this post.

Photos and YouTube video by Nancy D. Brown

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